On the way to a piano lesson, 29-year-old Ruby Murphy is approached with an offer that soon changes her life. A fellow passenger on the train, Mrs. Mardi DiCello, desperately needs a person with 'verve' to investigate her boyfriend. Ruby accepts the assignment on a whim and soon the former Coney Island Museum employee is thrust into a strange world with a cast of characters straight out of a John Leguizamo movie. In order to keep tabs on Frank, the object of her investigation, she takes a job at the racetrack where he works. The perilous assignment tests the limits of Ruby's strength as she confronts a friend's death, tangles with dangerous lovers, and begins to uncover more manure than she ever imagined existed. Hex is part Sara Paretsky, part Dick Francis, part David Sedaris, and all Maggie Estep: a roller coaster of a story centered on a smart, fun, slightly cynical heroine whom you won't soon forget, and who will be back next year with further adventures.